Former state Commerce secretary Keith Crisco has died. The Democrat faced American Idol contestant Clay Aiken in the Second Congressional District.
Last week, Crisco said in a statement that he was waiting to see final vote tallies in the primary. It wasn't clear then whether the race was close enough for him to request a recount or whether there would be a runoff.
Crisco was behind Aiken by a few hundred votes, according to unofficial totals. A Democratic strategist says Crisco was planning to concede the race to Aiken today.
The former commerce secretary reportedly died in a fall at his home. He was Secretary of Commerce under Democratic Governor Bev Perdue. Keith Crisco was 71 years old.